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Begun by Bishop Reginald de Bohun completed by 1239, and the upper parts of the towers added in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries front (above) 86, Wells Cathedral is one of the great achievements of English Gothic. In the broad, screenhke organization of the west front, with towers to either side of the church rather than constituting part of there is one of the forms of horizontal arrangement to which English confined to the portals but appear openings bearing in ^ > most English 44 Statues are not it was found necessary after 1338 to reinforce the piers weight of the tower over the crossing.

Scarcely It was likely that the original intention place the statue on the pier to the That position makes choir. left seem it to of the as if the king had ridden by and suddenly reined in his horse before the sanctuary, and the result of some change now Yet, the place where the statue made seem exactly to is probably in the original plan. stands is right precisely because of the horse's movement: the forelegs are already at rest, the last step. while the rear legs are Add horseman himself still taking to this the fact that the is weaponless, as a warrant of his peaceable intentions.

Completed Here are two examples of the tendency, typical of interiors in terms of highly imaginative decoration. England When the of the nave and is The construction aisles. itself is less Late Middle Ages, to conceive church Norman crossing tower at Ely collapsed in 1322, enhanced by the contrast between the bright This daring than it is one of the last works light was down on of the lantern vault with from the built to span the entire width was built of wood. The impressiveness many windows as opposed looks, because the vault the zenith of the lantern, a Christ set in the center of a star gazes to the fanlike ribs, lying in shadow, which run 1330 in the the old foundations of the tower were dismantled and an octagonal vault From c.

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